Definition of "hairpin" []

  • A thin cylindrical strip of metal or other material bent in the shape of a long U, used to secure a hairdo or headdress. (noun)
  • Something shaped like a hairpin, especially a sharp turn in a road. (noun)
  • A thin double-pronged pin used by women to fasten the hair (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (esp of a bend in a road) curving very sharply (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hairpin" in a sentence
  • "The volatility seen in the past two trading days recalls the hairpin turns seen during the worst days of the credit crisis in September."
  • "Rally newcomer and Twickenham resident Young commented, "Tony did really well, especially on the second stage when I called a hairpin right when it was actually a hairpin left."
  • ""It's stating the obvious to say that we need action," said engineer Peter Broadley, caught in the two-hour peak-time crawl along a 14-mile hairpin, which is the quickest north-south car link."